Is it too early to make New Year's Eve plans? Not if you're one of the thousands of music lovers that attends Lights All Night, Dallas' annual EDM festival.
DJs Zedd, Deadmau5 and Above and Beyond will headline, helping ravers dance in the New Year when the event returns to Dallas Market Hall on Dec. 30 and 31. Other performers include A$AP Ferg, Nero and RL Grime, though more are slated to be announced in the coming weeks.
[UPDATE Aug. 30 at 10 a.m.: Lights All Night announced its supporting acts, including DJs A-Trak, 12th Planet and Crizzly.]
[UPDATE Nov. 1 at 9:56 a.m.: Lights All Night announced its final wave of performing acts, including Wolfgang Gartner, boosting the total number of performers up to 43. See full lineup below.]
Now in its seventh year, Lights All Night began as a one-night party in Dallas in 2010 and has since grown to attract more than 40,000 people each year. It's arguably Texas' largest electronic music festival due in no small part to its ability to bring the biggest names in EDM to town. In fact, the three headliners are returning to the festival.
The event also benefits from state-of-the-art production. In years past, organizers have spent upwards of $2.5 million on lights, sound, confetti cannons and lasers. It's a sensory feast, to say the least.
GuideLive music critic Hunter Hauk said of the 2015 installment, "Even if I didn't achieve the same life-affirming spirit as the college kids and twenty-somethings dancing into me every second (professional hazard), the grand shindig was friendly, safe and decently organized."
This year, Lights All Night is spreading the love. According to an announcement, the festival will also take place in El Paso at the local convention center on the same dates as the Dallas event. Deadmau5 and RL Grime will headline that installment.
"Expanding the brand to El Paso has been a goal for us -- it's a huge hub of music, culture and arts we've had our eye on for a while now," said organizers Scott Osburn and Hank Keller of Highland Concerts in a press release.
"We anticipate this being the first of other new markets for Lights All Night in 2017 and beyond."
This is not the first time Lights All Night has thrown a party outside of Dallas. In 2013, it expanded to Mexico City for a one-night event on New Year's Eve; however, the festival has not returned since.
Tickets to Lights All Night are currently on sale and cost $119 (plus tax) for general admission and $219 (plus tax) for VIP, which includes access to private bathrooms, an express entrance and private bar.
Lights All Night Dallas 2016 lineup:
- Above and Beyond
- A$AP Ferg
- Nero (DJ set)
- RL Grime
- 12th Planet
- Wolfgang Gartner
- Feed Me (DJ set)
- Felix Cartal
- G Buck
- Kill the Noize
- San Holo
- Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ set)
- Luca Lush
- Champagne Drip
- Jameson Thieves
- Kurk Kokane
- Loudpvuck b2b Gladiator
- Mad Hatter
- NPNR (No Parents No Rules)
- PLS & TY